Brittany Ferries has tested the facilities at the port of Bilbao ahead of the arrival of the LNG powered ropax ‘Salamanca’.
She is due to start calling at the Spanish port in 2022 from the UK.
She is a sister ship to ‘Galicia’, and is chartered by Brittany Ferries from Sweden’s Stena RoRo. ‘Salamanca’ was launched in January this year at Weihai in China.
Using LNG as a fuel, the trip to and from the UK will save an estimated 46% of CO2 per passenger.
The Bilbao Port Authority is carrying out refurbishment work on the berth. Spanish energy company Repsol is also building a gas storage facility to supply the LNG having one the contract to bunker the vessel.
Brittany Ferries is using the ‘Galicia’ to prepare for her arrival next year. In 2023, she will be joined by ‘Santoña’.
‘Galicia’, ‘Salamanca’ and ‘Santoña’ are three of Stena’s E-Flexer class of which nine were ordered by Stena RoRo from the Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling (Weihai).